Entry requirements for our academic English for postgraduate studies pre-sessional course depend on:

  • your current English language level
  • the English language requirement for your postgraduate degree

Use the table below to give you an idea of how long you might need to study pre-sessional English for.

The minimum age to study on this course is 18. 

If you have any questions, please email langc@leeds.ac.uk.

If you start your pre-sessional course in October, January or April (Terms 1-3)




Required IELTS for entry onto your degree


6.0
6.5
7.0
Your current IELTS score  Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.5
With no components below 4.0
30 weeks 40 weeks
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5.0 With no components below 4.5
20 weeks
30 weeks
40 weeks
5.5
With components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0
20 weeks

If you have one component at 5.0 (not writing), you may be eligible to study for 10 weeks
 20 weeks  30 weeks
6.0  With one or two components at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5  -
10 weeks*  20 weeks 
6.5
With one or two components at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0  -   10 weeks 

*You'll study for 20 weeks if you hold two components at 5.5 and are preparing for:

  • A taught postgraduate course in the Business School
  • MSc (Eng) Engineering Project Management
  • MSc (Eng) International Construction Management and Engineering

If you start your pre-sessional course in July or August (term 4)

Find out more about entry requirements for our six and 10 week summer pre-sessional English courses

How to apply.